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Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

No one ever wants to find out they are suffering from a disease like breast cancer. Unfortunately, this disease affects as many as one in eight women in the United States. When it comes to serious diseases like breast cancer, getting an early diagnosis is crucial to increasing the remission rates of patients. However, despite the extensive training that medical staff like doctors, surgeons, and nurses must go through, mistakes can still be made and symptoms can be missed as a result. If you are suffering as a result of medical professionals’ failure to diagnose your breast cancer, it is crucial that you speak with a Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to help you get justice for any losses you may be experiencing as a result of their negligence. 

Patients who put their trust in a medical profession and have suffered due to medical malpractice should never have to fight for justice alone. The Massachusetts attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients as they pursue the fair compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how our trusted Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyers can help with your claim, call our office at 617-391-9001 or complete our contact form today. 

Reasons a Doctor May Fail to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Pharmacy Error

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals hold a duty of care to their patients to keep them safe to the best of their abilities while they are in their care. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why a physician may miss symptoms of breast cancer in a patient and this can occur whether they have acted negligently, or if they have done everything in their power to provide a proper diagnosis. Some of the reasons that a doctor may fail to diagnose breast cancer in a patient includes:

Missed Signs of Cancer on Routine Tests

The delay in your diagnosis of breast cancer may result from the radiology department of the medical facility breaking imaging protocol or misinterpreting the results of a scan. When medical staff fail to take due care in reviewing the results of a mammogram or ultrasound, this negligent act could lead to a doctor overlooking signs of breast cancer and being unable to provide a timely diagnosis.

Failure to Conduct the Correct Tests

There are two different types of mammograms that a radiology center may conduct. These are:

  • Screening Mammogram: Which is regular testing done on a yearly basis
  • Diagnostic Mammogram: This test has the purpose of diagnosing cancer if the patient has previously presented symptoms of a possible abnormality

If staff orders the wrong type of test to take place, this mistake can lead to the failure to diagnose breast cancer. 

Failure to Follow Correct Guidelines for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

There are guidelines set by The American College of Radiology for how doctors and radiologists must conduct mammograms and analyze results. If medical professionals choose to bypass these guidelines, this may lead to a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient’s breast cancer at all. 

Can You Collect Damages After Your Doctor Fails to Diagnose Your Breast Cancer?

The timely diagnosis of breast cancer is crucial to the overall well being of the patient. If a doctor or other medical professional acted negligently and their actions led to the missed diagnosis of this disease, you may be owed compensation for any impending losses you may experience. In order to pursue damages, you must file a Massachusetts medical malpractice claim. When filing your claim, you may be eligible to collect the following damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Significant disfigurement or disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

If you are unsure what damages you may be eligible to collect, contact one of our trusted Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyers who may be able to help by going over the details of your case. 

The award-winning medical malpractice legal team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers offers compassionate representation to victims of medical negligence who are going through this difficult time as their bodies fight off breast cancer. J. Tucker Merrigan and Kyle A. Camilleri are passionate about providing top-of-the-line medical malpractice litigation in Massachusetts and have earned a reputation for success with awards such as Rising Star, Super Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, and have been named to the 2023 Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law. 

Contact a Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Lawyer As Soon As Possible

At Sweeney Merrigan, we can help calculate how much you are owed in compensation and what your best legal options are moving forward. We fight for the justice you deserve and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, holding medical professionals accountable for failing to diagnose serious diseases like breast cancer. Schedule a free consultation with a trusted Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney today at 617-391-9001, or fill out our contact form